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FieldCopter develops a system to gather information in real time to be applied in precision agriculture


April 3rd 2012

CATEC participates in this project aimed at combining high precision navigation of EGNOS with unmanned aerial vehicles in order to improve resources in the agriculture sector


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FieldCopter develops a system to gather information in real time to be applied in precision agriculture
The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is a technology whose applications are growing up in different sectors, especially in civil and industry applications. One of them is precision agriculture, the framework of FieldCopter project. This project is carrying out an application using the European navigation system EGNOS, aimed at developing a complete solution for UAV remote sensing.

The initiative pretends to combine high precision navigation of EGNOS with UAV’s technologies lead to the creation of new applications in precision agriculture, providing farmers real time information, such as water stress monitoring, detection of nutrient deficiencies and crop diseases.

FieldCopter is a 7th Framework Programme collaborative project belonging GALILEO initiative, funded by the European Commission, which will enable farmers to create economical and ecological benefits through optimal use of resources.

CATEC will participate in FieldCopter project through state-of-the-art multi-spectral cameras on UAVs to monitor and gather information in order to create an autonomous flying camera that follows a predefined pattern.

The initiative will also be useful to demonstrate how powerful the European high precision navigation system EGNOS is and what advantages its complete operational service have in the area of precision agriculture. FieldCopter has a duration of 24 months and six partners from Holland, Belgium and Spain are involved in it. The Project website will be working about the middle of April.



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